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Trump as unpopular as Richard Nixon was when he resigned: poll

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A new poll released this week shows that President Donald Trump is as disliked as President Richard M. Nixon was on the day he resigned from office.

The Marist College Poll is reporting that only 20% of Americans find Donald Trump’s job performance as “excellent,” with an additional 20% listing him as “pretty good.”

At the bottom of the rankings, 13% said the President’s job performance is “fair,” with 45% reporting it as “poor.”

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44 years ago this week, as President Nixon was preparing to resign the office, he also had a 45% majority of the country claiming he was doing a poor job, per the Harris poll.

Of course, the numbers split along party lines. A mere 2% of Democrats feel that trump is doing an excellent job, versus 49% of Republicans. At the other end of the scale, 80% of Democrats list his performance as poor, while only 6% of republicans would agree.

One major difference between Trump and Nixon’s number is the intensity of feelings over Trump. Only 70% of Democrats polled in 1974 felt Nixon’s performance was poor — ten points more favorable than Trump today.

The same is true for Republicans, with a mere 20% of 1974 Republicans giving Nixon an excellent rating.

The intensity of dislike by Democrats is expected to help in the polls come November’s midterm elections, potentially fueling a record turnout and a sizable victory for Democratic candidates.

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The last time Democrats picked up such huge midterm wins? 1974.


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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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